[CT Birds] OT - Deer Ticks

Paul Koker pkoker2011 at charter.net
Mon Feb 10 17:35:16 EST 2014


You might want to also try clothing that has been impregnated with permethrin.  Usually these are tropic weight clothes for deterring mosquitoes but can be used for ticks as well.  They are available commercially (e.g., LL Bean).

Paul
New Milford

On Feb 10, 2014, at 3:44 PM, Mike Warner <mjwarner at optonline.net> wrote:

> Roy,
> 
>    Thank you for sending the article to the list, I hope everybody reads it.  I have been reading about Powassan and other tick borne diseases since September and would like to add a few things.  Ticks become active at temperatures above 35 F.  In a very carefully controlled laboratory experiment, Powassan disease was transmitted from an infected tick to a mouse after attachment for 15 minutes.  Most victims report not being aware they had been bitten.  There is a delay in seeking medical attention because initial symptoms mimic the flu.  A tick can carry more than one illness.  It is imperative to identify the illness and treat the patient for any and all diseases or viruses.
> The real problem, as the article mentioned, is correctly identifying the disease or virus affecting the patient.  The time it takes a clinical laboratory to reach a conclusion is time depriving a patient a recovery.
>    A virus isolate test, is one where a piece of corduroy, one meter square, is dragged across the ground and then inspected for ticks.  These ticks are then analyzed for viruses etc.  Using this method, Powassan virus has been discovered in Connecticut, particularly in northern New Haven, Branford, Lyme and an undisclosed site in NW Connecitcut.  To date, there have been no confirmed human cases of Powassan in Connecticut.  Nationally, the total of confimed cases since 1958 are low.  That's a good thing.  With a 10 -15% death rate and lingering neurological damage for those who survive, that's a bad thing.
>    It is time to practice active prevention LIKE NEVER BEFORE.  Checking yourself after a hike isn't good enough anymore.  A fifteen minute transmission time says you should check yourself during a hike every fifteen minutes, and once more after the hike.  Starting this year I will wear long pants tucked into boots and use abundant amounts of product containing Deet.
> 
> Search these cues -
> -cdc dot org/powassan   and  cdc dot org/ DTV
> 
> -"Powassan in Connecticut",
> 
> - Ebel + Kramer  "Short Report: Duration of Tick Attachment Required  For Transmission Of Powassan Virus By Deer Ticks".
> 
> -parasites and vectors dot com  -  "Isolation of deer tick virus (Powasssan virus Lineage II) from Ixodes Scapularis and detection of antibody in vertebrate hosts in the Hudson Valley, New York State".  (Kramer, et. al.)
> 
> -"Prevention of Tick Borne Disease"
> 
>    This is the rough outline of information I have found.  By writing this, I am not attempting to stop all birding in Connecticut but to prolong it, providing preventative measures are followed.  Please be careful outdoors and especially birding in 2014.
> 
> Mike Warner
> Wilton, Ct.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Roy Zartarian" <royz at royzartarian.com>
> To: "Jan Hollerbach" <smilifase at gmail.com>
> Cc: "ct birds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 12:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] OT - Deer Ticks
> 
> 
>> The Massachusetts and Vermont lists recently had messages about the
>> tick-borne Powassan disease carried by ticks who remain active into the
>> winter.  Cited was an article from the Boston Globe:
>> 
>> http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/12/26/severe-tick-disease-investigated-massachusetts-and-maine-patients/0PibkI9uYSuuYSiSs5wogN/story.html
>> 
>> Roy Zartarian
>> 
>> 
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